April 26, 2018

London fire: 58 missing presumed dead

19 June 2017, 02:10 | Darrell Baldwin

Hundreds of Grenfell Tower protesters march on Whitehall

Hundreds of Grenfell Tower protesters march on Whitehall

"We need urgent action now to make sure that all records and documents relating to the refurbishment and management of Grenfell Tower are protected".

The figure of 58 are those that are missing and I have to assume are dead.

Dr Tomlin said the residents had gone from living normal lives before the tragedy to bringing their frustrations to the very top of Government.

The recovery operation has resumed but could take weeks.

Ms Berejiklian said the State Government may consider regulating the use of combustible cladding, as many blame the cladding on the North Kensington tower for the rapid spread of fire.

The statement officially confirmed that a 23-year-old Syrian refugee was the first victim of the huge fire.

The response to the fire from the government and local council was "mired in confusion and hesitancy", he added - London should have acted more quickly, and Kensington and Chelsea Council should have sought help immediately. There are also concerns that the addition of the panels to the outside of the building created a "chimney effect" sending flames up the outside of the building, spreading the fire faster.

British Prime Minister Theresa May admitted on Saturday that "the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

With blackened rubble strewn across the floor and exposed pipes, one room is unrecognisable as a home until a bath and sink come into view - the dividing wall destroyed completely by the fire. One of them told reporters they spoken to the Prime Minister for two and a half hours about their demands and what they expected.

"At No 10 yesterday, the Prime Minister assured the group that from now on residents would be consulted on a coordinated relief effort".

She has promised a £5m support fund and more staff deployed across the area to assist the bereaved families.

They would wear high-visibility clothing so they could easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided, she added.

London Fire Service Commissioner Dany Cotton, said it was the worst she had seen in a 29-year career.

A review of similar tower blocks could lead to a huge overhaul of a housing system that dates back to the 1960s and 1970s, when the country was in a rush to build new housing to standards that would never be used nowadays, Khan wrote.

May herself had come in for a barrage of criticism for failing to visit residents and her response to the disaster.

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of protesters gathered in Whitehall, to call for her resignation.

The government has committed £5m for clothes, food and emergency supplies for the victims.

After a botched snap election that lost her party its majority in parliament, May is facing criticism for her response to the blaze which engulfed the 24-storey apartment block of social housing on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people.

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